Is fishing in New York possible without dropping dead from eating your catch? I personally wouldn’t eat fish found in this area unless it was an emergency. However according to the New York State Department of Health if your are a woman under 50, or a child under 15 you can eat fish caught from locations of, Lower Bay of New York Harbor, Raritan Bay (east of Wolfe’s Pond Park), Jamaica Bay, Long Island Sound and Long Island South Shore/Atlantic Ocean you can Eat up to one meal a month of: (click names to see photos) American eel , Stripedbass, Bluefish over 20″, and Weakfish under 25″. You can eat up to four times a month Bluefish up to 20″
If you are a man over 15 years or a woman over 50 years you can eat Weakfish over 25″ once a month. You can eat American eel, Bluefish, Striped bass, and Weakfish under 25″
In the New York State Department of Health’s 2011-2012 “Health Advice on Eating Sportfish and Game they write,
“NYS DOH strongly recommends that you don’t eat the soft “green stuff” (mustard, tomalley, liver or hepatopancreas) found in the bod section of crabs and lobsters from any waters because cadmium, PCBs and other contaminants concentrate there. As contaminants are transferred to cooking liquid, you should also discard crab or lobster cooking liquid.”
They also state that you should never eat crab, lobster, tomalley and weakfish over 25″. In a survival situation, eating fish from these areas would be a welcome added protein source.